Jwalant having gained professional experience at Mozaic Design in Goa and Mistry Architects in Bangalore he went on to pursue masters in Architecture and Urbanism at the AA (Architectural Association), London in the Design Research Laboratory. Jwalant furthered his professional experience at Zaha Hadid Architects in London for the next 4 years working on various prestigious projects including the Petroleum Research Institute in Suadi Arabia from the stage of conception/competition to construction as well as an unique opportunity to solely manage and design a sculpture for a private art collector in Chicago.
Since the inception of andblack design studio in 2011 he has been responsible for bringing in projects like Eco-Tourism Camp Site in Kevdi, Surat District, Paper Tube Pavilion in Delhi, Wood Canopy in Pune along with a few residences in Surat and Ahmedabad. Alongside professional work, Jwalant also runs a design studio on ‘Generative processes in Design’ with masters students at the School of Interior Design in CEPT University, Ahmedabad.
His main passion lies in the quest of the design process. He likes to experiment, prototype and develop systems that can form good design solutions. His rigour for 'design of space' as opposed to 'design of place' is what sets him apart from others. The overflowing creative juices and over energetic approach toward every project is a must for him. Apart from Architecture, art photography and travelling the world is what keeps him going.
A graduate from the prestigious AA School of Architecture, London, Kanika has been practicing in the field of architecture and design for more than 10 years. After having gained experience in London at Hopkins Architects for about 4 years, Kanika along with her partner started her own design firm andblack design studio in Ahmedabad. Kanika has keen interest in Environmental Design and natural materials. She has researched and explored materials like Bamboo, Paper and Earth and had furthered her passion by working at the Auroville Earth Institute for about a year and at Ashok B Lall Architects in Delhi as an intern before taking it up in higher education.
Kanika has an eye for detail in design and explores her passions of combining luxury with bohemian and understated aesthetics through her various architectural and interior projects at andblack design studio. Attention to space planning, proportions and detailing makes her strive for perfection at the end of every design project. Her love for painting and writing is what keeps her inspired.
While with Hopkins Architects in London she also went on to pursue her passion in Independent Curation at Central St. Martins College of Art, Summer School, London. Apart from andblack, Kanika is also involved in teaching Sustainable Design to Masters students at the School of Interior Design in CEPT University, Ahmedabad. Kanika has also been the past chairperson of Ahmedabad Ladies Circle 64, and an active member of Ladies Circle India. She is also a member of YFLO, Ahmedabad Chapter.